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Is Teaching Really by the Book?


by Susan S. Stodolsky - 1999

There is a widely held belief that classroom instruction in elementary school is dominated by textbooks. Indeed, there is little doubt that textbooks are present in most classrooms most of the time. ~ But the assumption that textbooks drive instruction because they are ubiquitous may not be tenable. Exactly what the presence of textbooks signals about their use has not been adequately studied or analyzed. In this essay I shall review the limited research literature on this topic, raise some questions that need answers, and present some preliminary findings about textbook use in actual classrooms.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 98, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 6, 1999, p. 159-184
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18755, Date Accessed: 9/18/2019 5:41:27 AM

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